Drumming up enthusiasm for a noisy new way to beat the blues

Drumming up enthusiasm for a noisy new way to beat the bluesIt sounds hippy-dippy, but joining a drum circle is a great way to release tension – and learn a thing or two about African rhythms, writes FIONOLA MEREDITH
IT DOESN’T GET any more elemental than this: sitting in a circle of people and beating out a complex web of rhythms on a simple African hand drum. Cynics may scoff at the peace-and-love hippy vibe, but drumming aficionados know better. It’s no coincidence that drum circles are soaring in popularity, with sessions springing up in Dublin, Wicklow, Galway, Limerick and Belfast.

Shinnecocks to meet Thursday with Obama

Shinnecocks to meet Thursday with ObamaTrustees of the Shinnecock Indian Nation are in Washington for their first formal meeting Thursday with President Barack Obama as a federally recognized tribe.
Tribes attending the White House Tribal Nation's conference will argue for an executive fix to a 2009 Supreme Court ruling that limits Native Americans' ability to convert private land into federal trust, Shinnecock leaders said. They will also seek more federal funding for tribal programs.

Salvia Divinorum Research and Information Center Web Site

Salvia Divinorum Research and Information Center Web SiteThe Salvia divinorum Research and Information Center, located at http://www.sagewisdom.org, provides the most comprehensive resource for information about Salvia divinorum available on the web. Created and maintained by Daniel Siebert, The site is available in over 50 languages, and includes an extensive FAQ, links to scientific research and other articles, an image gallery, list of related organizations, and a curated web links guide.

Portland Two Spirit Society Hosts Tribal Leader Tonight

Portland Two Spirit Society Hosts Tribal Leader TonightThough the Portland Two Spirit Society is still in its infancy, the group has a big future ahead for the education, support and awareness of the Two Spirit community—a term describing indigenous North Americans who fulfill one of many mixed gender roles, traditionally among many Native Americans and Canadian First Nations indigenous groups.

Medicine Wheel Clans Gather in Belfair and Shelton

Medicine Wheel Clans Gather in Belfair and SheltonBELFAIR — Earth eagle feathers, smoke wafting from a smoldering piece of white sage, soft drum beats and 36 symbolic stones placed on a red, wool cloth “medicine wheel” laid in the center of the room are all a part of the semi-monthly gatherings led by Gene Johnson, also known by his Indian name, Red Buffalo. Members come to participate in ceremonies to honor the connectedness of Earth and all living things, learn about and follow the medicine wheel teachings about self-awareness, and to support each other to walk in balance on Earth Mother.